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ERIC Number: EJ1091398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Beliefs about Parental Authority Legitimacy among Refugee Youth in Jordan: Between- and Within-Person Variations
Smetana, Judith G.; Ahmad, Ikhlas; Wray-Lake, Laura
Developmental Psychology, v52 n3 p484-495 Mar 2016
We examined within- and between-person variations in parental legitimacy beliefs in a sample of 883 Arab refugee youth (M[subscript age] = 15.01 years, SD = 1.60), 277 Iraqis, 275 Syrians, and 331 Palestinians, in Amman, Jordan. Latent profile analyses of 22 belief items yielded 4 profiles of youth. The "normative" profile (67% of the sample, n = 585) most strongly endorsed parental authority legitimacy for prudential (risky) items, followed by moral, conventional, and then friendship items, with legitimacy lowest for personal items. The "low-normative" profile (10%, n = 85) followed a similar pattern, although legitimacy ratings were significantly lower than "normative" youth for most items, but not the personal ones. "Rebellious" youth (11%, n = 96) held deviant peer values; they endorsed less legitimacy, particularly for prudential and friendship items, than did youth in other profiles. "Mixed" youth (12%, n = 101) were similar to "rebellious" youth in some judgments and "low-normative" youth in others. Profile membership did not differ by adolescents' age or parental socioeconomic status but did differ by gender and national background. Youth fitting the "normative" (and to some extent, the "low-normative") profile rated parents higher in support, behavioral control, and knowledge of adolescents' activities and lower in psychological control-disrespect and harsh punishment than did "rebellious" or "mixed" youth. "Normative" (and also, but less consistently, "low-normative") youth reported better psychosocial adjustment across multiple measures than did "rebellious" and "mixed" youth.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Jordan
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beck Depression Inventory; Brief Symptom Inventory
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